48 NYC shootings in a weekend: Trend or random tragedy?
"This is a national problem requiring national leadership," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
September 6th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

48 NYC shootings in a weekend: Trend or random tragedy?

It was a very bloody Labor Day weekend in New York. Forty-eight people were shot, including two law enforcement officers and a woman who was sitting with her daughter on a Brooklyn building stoop. The officers survived; three people have died.

The high number of shootings has captured headlines and led some to wonder whether there's some specific explanation for the violence.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there is, and he said Tuesday that lawmakers in the nation's capital ought to do something to better control gun violence. New York state reportedly had some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but Bloomberg wants Washington's help. He spoke outside a hospital where the officers were being treated.

"This is a national problem requiring national leadership," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "But at the moment, neither end of Pennsylvania Avenue has the courage to take basic steps that would save lives."

Jon M. Shane, an assistant professor at one of America's most highly regarded policing think tanks, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, cautioned against drawing any conclusions from the numbers alone. Shane spent 20 years with the police department in Newark, New Jersey, which has consistently ranked as one of the most violent cities in the United States.

"I would caution against chalking this up to violence that is going to happen over any holiday weekend," Shane said, adding that thorough analysis of each Labor Day weekend shooting should be done to extrapolate concrete explanations that go beyond the particulars of each incident. One would need to research possible motives in each case and investigate suspects' backgrounds and their possible criminal affiliations. Previous crimes at the locations should be weighed from every angle.

In short, 48 shootings sounds like a lot, but drawing any large conclusions, or linking them to a larger trend, will take time.

The woman and the officers were shot Monday hours after the West Indian American Day Parade ended in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. According to the New York Post, two men were "slap boxing" before a shootout in which police became involved. In all, nine people in the area of the parade were shot.

Several people were shot in the Bronx on Sunday. Some of the wounded were children. Four people were shot Monday in Flatbush, Brooklyn, one teenager fatally.

The weekend's bloodshed put a fine point on figures the FBI released in May showing that violent crime was down throughout the country in the past year but up in New York. The New York Police Department released its own report in January, available in full here (PDF), which visually lays out all of the city's 536 homicides in 2010.

Post by:
Filed under: Crime • New York
soundoff (540 Responses)
  1. Jessie

    Um. Have you been to the parade. Obviously people had guns there and shot them. Lol. Jesus. It's the biggest cluster of all clusters in NYC.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joker429

    It was Abraham Lincoln whom first had the idea, but congress stopped him in his tracks, for the same reason our federal government will not enforce our borders today, MONEY!! People with vast sums of money like cheap labor, and if them having cheap labor is eventually going to ruin our nation, they have no problem with that, after all they have enough to buy themselves a new country.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr Short Memory

    Oh yeah, Sweden and other countries like Norway haven't had any crazy shootings by non-"monkeys" lately. .... What? Oh...

    Perhaps you should google "Sweden Shootings". I'm not saying all places are equal, but Sweden is not utopia either.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Edsel

    In this day in age, when you say monkey or any other derogatory remark pertaining to black people, you no longer after beat around the bush. Me thinks it's considered racists; even when you are stating mere facts.

    I just drank a whole bottle (unintentionally of course) of Rex Goliath (the Cab) and if I had a glass left I would raise my glass in toast to you, for lack of inhibition.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cooly

    hey Moron, Get a life. You are frustrated blacks are here already. You always try to make yourself happy with racist comments. You will never be happy... God bless America.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cooly

    Keep laughing while black kills with gun, white molesting kids, asian with fakes, latino with smuggling and in the same country. Pray for for America to get better. God bless America.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JO Mama

    Population Control at it's finest.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PhilG.

    A NATIONAL problem?

    The article says 48 people shot in NEW YORK CITY ,Mayor BLOOMBERG.

    Looks like you being rich and in control of New York City is'nt helping anyone but YOU.

    Don't make YOUR city's problems MINE.

    48 people did'nt get shot where I live over the labor day weekend.

    Stop deflecting the blame from you and fix your city,mayor.

    OR QUIT.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. snooper27

    someone explained to me that the people in New York City are the way they are because the light at the end of their tunnel is New Jersey.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rightnyer

    "The FACT is, owning a gun has proven a helpful deterrent in only a handful of violent crimes, and more often than not results in injury or death of the homeowner that would not occur if the homeowner were unarmed. Check your facts, THEN continue to spew your Fox Facts. You're Welcome."

    These are just blatant lies. Gun owners stop crimes somewhere between 1 and 2.5 million times per year (Kleck study). The Kellerman study has been thoroughly debunked so many times that it's not even worth citing. And it's the only "evidence" you have for your position that homeowners are better off being unarmed.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Waddellmonster

    NYC has it backwards, you need to require all citizens over 25 to carry concealed at all times, sure there would be a spike in shootings but the bad guys and hot heads would wise up fast or be gone. A armed society is a polite society.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Justlew

    I seen the movie Rosewood the other day and I start thinking the barbaric treatment of blacks from whites is what make them act this way. Where did you ever see people hanging from trees??ears and fingers being cut off? It is called empty souls..And some of you people commenting souls are very empty!!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. h nethers

    "I would caution against chalking this up to violence that is going to happen over any holiday weekend," Shane said, adding that thorough analysis of each Labor Day weekend shooting should be done to extrapolate concrete explanations that go beyond the particulars of each incident.

    sounds like a lot [read: to much] work. what do we have to blame it on in the short term?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      The lame right will blame Obama.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rommel

      Jon M. Shane, an assistant professor at one of America's most highly regarded policing think tanks, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, cautioned against drawing any conclusions from the numbers alone. Shane spent 20 years with the police department in Newark, New Jersey, which has consistently ranked as one of the most violent cities in the United States.

      "I would caution against chalking this up to violence that is going to happen over any holiday weekend," Shane said, adding that thorough analysis of each Labor Day weekend shooting should be done to extrapolate concrete explanations that go beyond the particulars of each incident. One would need to research possible motives in each case and investigate suspects' backgrounds and their possible criminal affiliations. Previous crimes at the locations should be weighed from every angle.

      In short, 48 shootings sounds like a lot, but drawing any large conclusions, or linking them to a larger trend, will take time.

      This is sooooo much blah blah– Never had this with Rudy!!! SOOOO much for " gun control"!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DellStator

    NYC became a freakishly (for those of us that have lived through NYC's phases) safe place.
    Why?
    Gulliani flooded the city with police.
    Economic boom didn't hurt either, but it was mostly the extra police and using them better.
    Get rid of a few thousand police to save a few bucks, I think it's up around 5,000 cut, and you're surprised bad things happen? (It was a stealth firing, they just aren't replacing ones as they retire / leave.)

    September 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • gasly130

      Ditto! When the city brings cuts to the assets you need the most, this is what you get. You cut teachers, you get overcrowded classrooms and unruly children. Cut the police and crime rates increase. Cut the firefighters and well, you see where this is going....

      September 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kenny

    crown heights, the bronx... you come to your own conclusions.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21